2005 Dayi 7542-502
502-7542 from 志全許/ March 9, 2017 / 6.0
3.3g/60ml Yixing pot, filtered tap water.
Dry: clean, oily strength, sweet spice
Damp: some perfumy herbal funk
Wash: Slight funk, quite compressed, slight soap. Both go away after the wash.
- Orange liquor, tiny amount of smoke, sweet arrival, with later savoury/briny/juicy aftertaste. Classic taste, clean, no geosmin, no funk whatsoever. Clove and/or cardamom on the wet leaf.
- Some bitterness apparent, complex bittersweet dominant taste, very soft texture, mouth-coating right to the back of the throat. Strong salivation and sweet pungent empty cup aroma.
- Sweet aromatic herbal arrival with complex bitterness. Very late aftertaste has some vegetal or overbrewed note, but this is very faint.
- Superb aroma now, both on the liquor and on the empty cup. Pungent high florals, complex bittersweet dominant taste with a savoury aftertaste. Some relaxation and significant heat.
- Medium thickness overall. Pungent resin aroma continues.
- Superb empty cup aroma, pungent sweet honey and flowers
- Very light astringency throughout, no problem at all with astringency for drinking now. Oily gasoline penetration effect on mouth surfaces.
- Testing with a longer steep — it gets bitter, with a stronger huigan.
Perhaps due to the smaller sample size, I did not feel any significant qi effects except for some strong heating and relaxation. This tea is much drier stored than the 502-8582 or 501-7542 that I have tried. The leaves are greener and the liquor has more bitterness and high floral aromas than those teas. It has a very classic complex and dynamic flavour profile, with sweet, bitter and savoury/juicy and a lot going on in terms of aroma. I would need to try a few more times to determine if there is a flaw in the late aftertaste or if larger quantities would lead to a better energy flow experience.